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“The role of political parties in electoral processes”: What parties might do to build and strengthen democracy. Contribution to a workshop by Andreas Gross (Switzerland) (Political Scientist, MP, Leader of the Socialdemocrats in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)
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Contribution to a workshop by
Andreas Gross (Switzerland)
(Political Scientist, MP, Leader of the Socialdemocrats in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)
at the 5th “Forum for the Future of Democracy” of the CoE
« Electoral Systems: strengthening democracy in the 21st century »
Kiew, October 22nd 2009
In order to be able to build and strengthen Democracy political parties should be and function in a smaller scale how they think the state should function and develop itself
Nobody knows what “the general interest” and “the public cause” is:That ‘s why we need different parties who try to formulate them based on different philosophical believes, interests and priorities
Today the big media are transforming parties to the worst and/or trying even to overtake their duties“ Media create realities and do not longer only deliberate it”
“Agenda setter + Gate keeper” (not only Watch-Dog) by Prof. Pippa Norris (USA)
Instead of organisations of engaged citizens and active members just fans (uncritical followers) ,sponsors, voters and future power holders
Power-Machines and power-clans to get power and distribute money, posts, privileges, influence, policies
Parties follow big-media logics and sacrify Democracy
No other tradition and collective knowledge
End of big (industrial) camps and regression of politics to state administration which serves the interest of economy
Citizens became consumers and have no time anymore to read, discuss, meet others and engage
Diversification of politics, issue orientation, voters are switching parties, personality prevails values, interest, ideas and interests
The more a party on all levels is marked not only by professionals but also “ordinary citizens”, the stronger the party and representative Democracy are